2015 CCCAA State Dual-Meet Champions – Mt. San Antonio College
By Pablo Di Maria
WALNUT, CA. – The Mt. San Antonio wrestling team finished with a bang Saturday evening by knocking off the No. 1 team in the state (Fresno City) by a score of 20-19 on their home mat.
An upset win by Josh Rugama (157 pounds) over the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the state (Josh Annis), as well as wins by Giovanni Castillo (125 pounds), Mario Lopez (141 pounds), Kolton Martin (184 pounds), Ryan Padilla (197 pounds) and unsung hero, Andrew Cruz (285 pounds), were the difference in the contest as the Mountie’s managed to record the one-point victory and win six out of the ten contested matches.
The 2nd-ranked Castillo got the Mountie’s off to a solid start in the opening bout (125) against the Rams as he managed to win 7-4 against No. 4 Julian Gaytan. Following a technical-fall by Fresno City All-American Jonas Gaytan at 133 pounds, Sophomore Mario Lopez answered back for the Mountie’s with an 8-1 victory over Seth Hood to give Mt. Sac a 6-5 lead in the dual-meet. The Rams then took a brief 11-6 lead as 2013 state champion Martin Sandoval pinned 2014 state champion Terrill Sidner in the first period.
Unranked state wrestler Josh Rugama looked impressive tonight as he controled the pace of his match and obtained the fall over 3rd-ranked Josh Annis to help Mt. Sac take back the lead 12-11. Bonus-point wins by Sebastian Suikowsky (165 pounds) and Mo Nasser (174 pounds) helped the Rams take a 19-11 lead with three matches left in the meet. Kolton Martin (184 pounds) and Ryan Padilla (197 pounds) won close matches to make the score 19-17 with a match left in the meet.
The final match between Cruz and Jones was the most exciting one. The match went back and forth until Cruz obtained the winning takedown in overtime with seconds remaining in the bout – to clinch the championship for the Mountie’s.
*Mt. Sac got a point deducted from the team score when Reed South removed the straps off his singlet while still on the mat.
Story & Results by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling
125 – Troy Lakin – Menlo College/Clayton Valley HS (NC) #5
125 – Abbas Khan – Graceland University/El Camino Real HS (LA) #9
125 – Oscar Marin – York College/Bakersfield HS (CS) #15
133 – Vicente Hernandez – Simpson College/Clovis HS (CS) #10
141 – Steele Escobedo – Menlo College/Fountain Valley HS (S) #2
141 – Joshua Lopez – York College/Frontier HS (CS) #8
149 – Willie Fox – York College/Gilroy HS (CC) #4
149 – Andrew Schulte – Concorida College/Centennial HS (S) #7
157 – Richard Ortiz – Simpson College/Crespi HS (S) #5
174 – Justin Lozano – Menlo College/Selma HS (CS) #10
184 – Brady Beamon – Simpson College/Steele Canyon HS (SD) #1
184 – Ryan McWatters – Southern Oregon/Sultana HS (S) #3
197 – Erik Medina – Simpson College/Jesuit HS (SJ) #13
285 – Gabi Musallam – Missouri Valley/Mira Mesa HS (SD) #1
285 – Austin Lobsinger – Simpson College/West Valley HS (N) #7
Photo Courtesy of John Sachs
By Pablo Di Maria
LOS ANGELES, CA. – With the Junior College Wrestling season coming to its completion, post season competition is just around the corner. The two top wrestling programs in the state (according to CACC Wrestling) are scheduled to meet up for the dual-meet state title this Sunday at Mt. San Antonio College. The Fresno City program has won four of the past five state dual titles, including 23-15 over Mt. San Antonio last season. The Mounties will return as the South representative for a fourth successive year.
The Mounties are led by two # 1 ranked wrestlers in Giovanni Castillo (Corona/Centennial High) 125lbs and George Taylor (Carter High) 133lbs. Mario Lopez (Rowland High) 141lbs, Terill Sidner (Beaumont High) 149lbs and Kolton Martin (Eureka High) 174lbs, are currently ranked # 2 in the state in their respective weight classes.
The Rams have recently defeated some of the best schools from the National Junior College Athletic Association Division. They dominated Southwestern Oregon (37-13), Southern Oregon (28-9) and Skyline College out of Washington (34-10). Their lone loss was to Clackamas College (19-18) – the Rams forfeited the 184 pound weight category and their # 1 ranked wrestler in the state, Mo Nasser, did not compete in the dual-meet.
What does Mt. San Antonio need to do to win the dual-meet?
The Mounties need to win in the first three weight classes, and keep the momentum going for the upper weight classes in order to win the state championship.
What does Fresno City need to do to win the dual-meet?
Camposano and Gaytan need the upsets to control the tempo of the dual-meet. Sandoval, Annis and Suikowsky need to get the “W” to contain a big lead before the upper weights are wrestle.
Mt. San Antonio
125 – Giovanni Castillo # 1
133 – George Taylor # 1
141 – Mario Lopez # 2
149 – Terrill Sidner # 2
157 – Jose Rugama
165- Reed South # 6 (157)
174- Hector Vargas # 5
184 – Kolton Martin # 2
197 –Vernon Willis # 5
285 – Andrew Cruz # 7
125 – Adrian Camposano # 3
133 – Jonas Gaytan # 2
141 – Bailey Gutierrez # 8
149 – Martin Sandoval # 1
157 – Joshua Annis # 3
165 – Sebastian Suikowsky # 3
174 – Mo Nasser # 1
184 – Luis Jaureguie
197 -Jay Johnson
285 -Casey Jones # 8
Photo Courtesy of Alan Booth
By Pablo Di Maria
FOLSOM, CA. – Hard work and dedication do pay off in the end – Just ask three-time California Interscholastic Federation state qualifier Curtis Booth of Folsom High. Booth’s dream came true on Tuesday when he signed his letter of intent to attend and wrestle for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall of 2016.
“I decided to attend Cal Poly because I know a lot of the guys on the team and it is a brotherhood. They have an awesome coaching staff too, that fits my personality and wrestling. The academics are top notch and they have a gorgeous campus. I knew that Poly’s team was the type of guys I want to surround myself with to take my wrestling career to the next level,” Said Curtis Booth.
Besides being a three-time state qualifier, Booth placed seventh last season in the state at 126lbs. Booth is also a three-time finalist of the tough California World Challenge, where he has beaten many state place winners along the way. This coming season, Booth is currently ranked # 4 in the state and a contender to win an individual state title in March. Booth hopes to apply to the Orfalea College of Business once he enters Cal Poly. He is projected to wrestle in the 141 pound weight class.
By Pablo Di Maria
Dakota Wesleyan Open
Taking first place in the 157-pound class was Concordia’s Jr. Lule (Palo Verde High). In the first round, Lule won by a tech fall over Jake Slocum from Southwest Minnesota State, 19-0. After two more victories by decision, the junior faced Blake Perryman in the title match and won by a major decision of 14-6. Andrew Schulte (Corona-Centenial High) competed in the 149 weight class and took fourth place. Schulte lost by a 7-9 decision in the quarterfinal bout to Bailey Neises from Augustana. The sophomore battled back through the consolation bracket and took third place with an 8-6 decision over Colin Ayers also from Augustana.
Northwestern College Zach Fishman (San Clemente High) won the 174 lb. bracket at the DWU Open on Saturday in Mitchell, S.D. going 5-0 with two technical falls and three decisions. Fishman won the championship match 10-6 over Garrett Beaman from St. Olaf. Tyree Cox (Lancaster High) also placed for Northwestern College as he was the runner-up at 184lbs. Cox lost in the finals to Aero Amo of Augustana College, 12-6.
Grand View University wrestler Jacob Blackwell (Garden Grove High) advanced to the finals of the Dakota Wesleyan Open, where he lost by decision to Sha-Keno Jenkins of Waldorf College, 11-4. Blackwell went 4-1 in the tournament.
Augustana Viking Michael Lowman (Foothill High) won his first bout of the day with a 18-2 technical fall over John Hall of Concordia (Neb.). He then won a 9-1 major decision win over Corbin Cooke of Briar Cliff. In his next bout, Lowman pinned Jacob Briggs from Concordia-Moorhead at 5:32. Lowman then won a 3-1 decision over Cole Wilson from Southwest Minnesota State before winning the championship bout by way injury default.
Three California wrestlers competed at the Bacone Duals in Muskogee, Oklahoma, this past weekend for Doane College. Josue Solis (Sanger High) finished 1-1 at 157lbs, Andrew Singer (Moorpark High) 2-1 at 285lbs, and Cody Linton (Winters High) 4-0 with two falls and a technical fall at 197lbs. Doane College won the Bacone duals with wins over Bethany College, Central Baptist College, Wayland Baptist University and Bacone College.
Road Runner Open
Menlo College Wrestling team took part in the annual Roadrunner Open hosted by CSU Bakersfield on Sunday and ended the event with three place winners. Sunday’s placers were headlined by Justin Lozano (Selma High) who earned the Oaks top finish with an impressive third-place effort. Lozano finished the day with an impressive 4-1 record to claim the bronze medal. Fellow finishers included Troy Lakin (Clayton Valley high) 6th place at 125 pounds and Steele Escobedo (Fountain Valley High) 6th place at 141 pounds.
Simpson University wrestler Richard Ortiz (Crespi Carmelite) was the lone place winner for the Red Hawks when he placed fourth at 157bs. Ortiz lost in the quarterfinals, but managed to win three additional matches to wrestle in the third place match.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo placed ten wrestlers at the Road Runner Open. The Mustangs were led by individual champion J.T. Goodwin who won his title at 197lbs. Placing second at 157 pounds was Colt Shorts, who reached the final round with a technical fall and a pair of decisions before dropping a 12-4 major decision to Lorenzo De la riva of CSU Bakersfield. Earning a third-place finish was Mustang 133-pounder Jason DelaCruz with a 5-1 record. His wins included two by fall and three by decision, including a 5-1 nod over Ronald Stevens of Oregon State in the consolation final. Matt Wilhelm placed fourth at 165 pounds while Sohrab Movahedi was fourth at 174. Mustang 141-pounder Colton Schilling, 149-pounder Jacob Leon, 165-pounder Joe Granger and 174-pounder Andrew Morgan all placed fifth.
Host school Cal State Bakersfield won three individual titles at the Road Runner Open – Ian Nickell (Bakersfield High) 141lbs, Lorenzo De La Riva (Folsom High) 157lbs, and Bryce Hammond (Bakersfield High) at 174 pounds. Reuben Franklin made it to the finals at 197 pounds before being pinned by Cal Poly’s J.T. Goodwin 57 seconds into the first period. A.J. Fierro placed third at 157 pounds. Fierro made it to the semifinals before losing 3-1 to Shorts. Winning in the consolation semifinals, Fierro defeated Richard Ortiz of Simpson (Calif.) 5-2 in the third place bout. Coleman Hammond came in fourth at 149 pounds. Hammond reached the semifinals where he dropped a 6-4 decision to Edinboro’s Patrick Lugo. Hammond won his consolation semifinal before losing to No. 16 Matt Cimato of Drexel 6-2 in the third place match. Matt Williams placed third at heavyweight. Williams reached the semifinals where he lost 6-5 to Edinboro’s William Miller. He won the consolation semifinals before pinning Trevor Rasmussen of Stanford (who was competing unattached) 1:02 into the first period. Sean Nickell, a 2015-16 CSUB redshirt, placed fifth at 125 pounds when earned a major decision (13-5) against Menlo’s Troy Lakin.
Three San Francisco wrestlers placed at the Road Runner open – Travis Ino (San Marcos High) 165lbs, Johnathon Costa (Escalon High) 184lbs and Sam Alnassiri (Sheldon High) at 285lbs. Costa and Alnassiri place fifth, while Ino was sixth in his weight class.
Michigan State Open
Javier Gasca went a perfect 5-0 and started the tournament with three consecutive pins (Tom Szmula, Notre Dame-Ohio, 6:28; Zak Hassan, Ohio, 4:28; Jens Lantz, Wisconsin, 6:52). Gasca beat Jaydin Clayton of Missouri in the semifinals, 11-4, and rallied to top Central Michigan’s Corey Keener in the championship match, 9-6. Keener was an NCAA qualifier last season.
Gasca got caught trying to make a move in the first period and quickly fell behind Keener, 6-0, after giving up four near-fall points. The redshirt sophomore from Kingsburg, California, clawed back with an escape and a takedown of his own with 30 seconds left in the period to trim his deficit to 6-3. In the second, Gasca escaped, then tied the match at 6 with a double-leg takedown on the edge of the circle just before Keener went out of bounds with 27 seconds remaining. Gasca completed the comeback with a single-leg takedown at the 1:32 mark in the final period and tacked on a point for riding time (2:02) to make the final 9-6.
Victor Lopez (Poway High) earned a first-round bye at the Michigan State Open and then posted a 1-0 decision vs. West Virginia’s Zachary Moore to move to the quarterfinals. A loss to third-place finisher Luke Blanton (Indiana) moved Lopez to the consolation bracket. He posted a win by decision and then lost by decision to end up in the seventh-place match, where he downed Ohio State’s Blake Riley-Hawkins by a commanding 11-1 major decision.
East Stroudsburg Open
Two former California wrestlers from Brown University became place winners at the East Stroudsburg Open. Richard Muniz (Corona/Centennial High) and Christian Murabito (Saratoga High) placed third and fifth respectively at 165 and 184 pounds. Muniz went 5-1 in the day, while Murabito 3-3.
Drexel’s Isaiah Hokit (Clovis High) started off strong with pins in his first two matches of the day, but was halted by Brown’s Justin Staudenmayer in the quarterfinals by an 8-1 decision. Hokit then earned three decisions in a row to advance to the consolation semis, but was defeated by Kutztown’s Matt Martoccio. Having made it this far in the wrestle back bracket, Hokit earned a chance to compete in the fifth place match but was again trumped by Staudenmayer and finished competition in sixth place.
Harold Nichols Cyclone Open
In a weight class that included two Division II All-Americans and a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American, Blayne Briceno (Crespi Carmelite), was able to finish sixth in the 149 pound weight class. Briceno went 5-2 in the tournament with one major decision, a tech fall and a pin.
BAKERSFIELD, CA. – This Friday evening at 7 p.m. Cal State Bakersfield will take on the No. 1 team in the country, Penn State. Penn State has won four out of the last five NCAA team championships. The dual-meet should be full of exciting matches for fans to enjoy. Penn State is coming off from defeating No. 7 Virginia Tech 21-15. The Road Runners competed in the Road Runner Open where they won three individual titles and placed 12 wrestlers. All California wrestling fans are encouraged to attend and fill the gym.
When: Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Icardo Center (9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93311)